The Chrysalis

Current news from Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 
-- a place of safety --
March 1, 2017                            Vol. 18, Issue 3
  Greetings!

You have just received the March 1, 2017 Chrysalis - the newsletter of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church. Please read through it for information concerning events during the coming month. Chrysalis will be published by the office staff, in this form, near the first of each month -- with special editions during the month as warranted.

If you desire a printed copy of the Chrysalis you may print this email version (as with any email you receive). There will also be a few printed copies in the narthex for visitors and for members of HRLC who do not have printing capabilities. [Note: This is an email and does not paginate the way a non-email might.]

Should you accidentally (or deliberately) delete this email, you may also find a link to the Chrysalis on our web site (www.hrlcsj.org).
Thank you Sara
for
the nine years of service which
you have given to
Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Many blessings in your
RETIREMENT!
Presiding Bishop Eaton Responds to Attacks on Jewish Community  
February 22, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

These famous words attributed to the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller have been on my lips in recent days: "Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. ... Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."

In the face of anti-Semitism, we are called to speak out - as an expression of our love of neighbor and as our faithful response to the love of God in Jesus. In doing so, we become ambassadors of hope in the face of despair, imitators of Christ.  

Our Jewish neighbors are once again living under threats, fearful for their safety and security. Over the weekend, a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was desecrated, and on Monday, another wave of bomb threats was made to Jewish community centers across the country. This was at least the fourth round this year alone. As Christians, we affirm that Jews remain "beloved of God" and that an attack on them is an attack on those whom our God - the one God - has called "my people."

In many places, with leadership from across this church, we are reaching out and showing up with our Jewish neighbors, often with ecumenical and inter-religious partners. We can and should continue and expand these important ministries of presence. 

There is also the critical long-term work. As a church, in our 1994 Declaration to the Jewish Community, we have pledged "to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us." This will not happen quickly. It will take concerted efforts to correct "the complicity of our own tradition within this history of hatred" and to seek deeper mutual understanding and cooperation between Lutheran Christians and the Jewish community. We have many excellent resources to aid us in these complicated but necessary tasks:  http://www.elca.org/en/Faith/Ecumenical-and-Inter-Religious-Relations/Inter-Religious-Relations/Jewish-Relations 

So, let us continue to speak out, to reach out, to show up, and to root out this deadly bigotry of anti-Semitism. For the courage to do God's will, and for the peace of our Jewish neighbors, we pray. 

In peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton


Ministry Activity Contacts for March
(for information about an activity call the Ministry Activity Contact)

Parament Changing & Sanctuary Decorating on March 1 at 11:00am
Pastor John

Literatsi on March 4 at 9:00am
Pastor John

Relating Staff & Structure Meeting on March 4 at 11:00am
Pastor John

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on March 5 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Pastor John's Dinner & Study on March 8 at 6:30pm
Pastor John

Praying and Sharing on  March 11 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Carolyn Keck

Activists.com SGM Meeting on March 11 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Pastor John

Food Pantry SGM Meeting on March 11 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Carolyn Keck

Food Pantry Distribution on March 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary West

The Closet Distribution on March 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm
Paula Taddei

Conversations Around the Table on March 15 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Pastor John

Evangelism SGM Meeting on March 18 at 10:00am
Pastor John

Relating Floral Garnish TF Meeting on March 18 at 11:00am
Pastor John

Relating Decorating TF Meeting on March 18 at 12:00pm
Pastor John

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on March 19 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Check/Clean Parish Hall Gutters on March 25 at 1:00pm
Pastor John

Food Pantry Distribution on March 25 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Marcia Freesemann

Food and a Friend on March 25 at 6:00pm
Mary West

Pack Hygiene Kits for The Closet on March 26 from 12:45pm to 1:15pm
Leslie Stobbe

Printer Cartridge Recycling

Give me your tired … printer cartridges!!

We collect empty inkjet cartridges for recycling (and fund-raising).  We receive $2.00 for each cartridge recycled.  We can turn in 20 cartridges per month to Staples and 10 cartridges per month to Office Depot.

We get our money from printer cartridge recycling via coupons good for saving on our purchases at Staples and Office Depot.

We can raise up to $60 per month, each month, for a total of $720 per year.  All it takes is your participation.

Deposit your printer cartridges in our plastic collection bin located in the narthex (church entry area), to the right of the front door.

Most businesses simply throw their empty cartridges in the garbage so check at your workplace to see if they would donate their would-be garbage.

In addition to raising money for HRLC, recycling inkjet cartridges has a positive impact on the environment.  Consider the following:  Nearly 1 million inkjets are thrown into our landfills every day.  Less than 5% of the cartridges produced are recycled.  It takes 1,000 years for the plastic to decompose.

Questions about this (fund-raising) activity can be directed to Carolyn Keck.



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( Weekly) Those Who Serve --
                                     March 2017
March 05:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Liturgy Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Reader: Carolyn Keck
  • Comm Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Altar Prep: Marcia Freesemann
  • Refreshments: Leslie Stobbe
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann

March 12:

  • Usher: Mike Hagaman
  • Liturgy Asst: Janece Pederson
  • Reader: Leslie Stobbe
  • Comm Asst: Kathy Wiese
  • Altar Prep: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
March 19:
  • Usher: Mary West and Julie Neider
  • Liturgy Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Reader: Awic  Smith
  • Comm Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep: Mike Hagaman
  • Refreshments: Mary West and
  •                                 Julie Neider
  • Counter: Carolyn Keck
March 26:
  • Usher: Kathy Wiese & Evan Dowling
  • Liturgy Asst: Janece Pederson
  • Reader: Mike Hagaman
  • Comm Asst: Mike Hagaman
  • Altar Prep: Julie Neider
  • Refreshments: Carolyn Keck
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann

(Monthly)Those Who Serve --
                                     March 2017
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Bake Bread -- Carolyn Keck
Buy (Merlot)Wine -- Larry Estes
Buy (White Grape) Juice -- Kathy Wiese
Worship Space Preperation --  Mike Hagaman
Worship Service Preperation -- Kathy Wiese
Healing Prayers & Imposition of Oil -- Carolyn Keck
Recorded Prelude Music -- Pastor John
Choir Preperation -- None in March
Conversations Around the Table

March 15 at 6:30pm

Discussion of pages 119 to 140 of
"Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time"
and
pages 1 to 56 of 
"The God We Never Knew"
Pastor John's
Dinner and Study

March 8 at 6:30pm

Viewing of 3 Sections of
King Arthur: History & Legend

Chretien de Troyes and Sir Lancelot; Arthurian Tales in Brittany and Burgundy; The Lancelot - Grail Cycle
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Happy Birthday!
in
March
Gene Ammon
Larry Estes
  Desayuno de los Pollos Benevolence

Every December a dedicated group of people distributes chicken dinners for Christmas to some of the poorest families of Mazatlán, Mexico.  Over 2,000 whole chickens and 7-10 days’ worth of food staples are distributed in the colonias on the outskirts of town.  The people who live there have no electricity or water, and the “homes” are cobbled together with scraps of wood and metal.   

Each year in early December a breakfast is held in Mazatlán to raise funds to support this ministry.  Many volunteers help to prepare and distribute the chicken dinners right before Christmas, and every year they strive to increase the number of meals they can serve.  The breakfast is served by local teenagers and 100% of the proceeds go to purchase supplies for the dinner. They especially appreciate additional support from congregations like Holy Redeemer because it really helps them to reach more people in need.  The collection for Desayuno de los Pollos will be taken on the first Sunday in March.  Please designate your donation for this vital ministry on your envelope & give generously as you have in the past!  Pastor John & Marcia will deliver your donations in person when they make their annual trek to Mazatlán.  Thank you for your support of this ministry.  If you have any questions please contact Marcia Freesemann at 408 270-5722.

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March Flower Donors

03/05 -- No Flowers During Lent
03/12 --  No Flowers During Lent
03/19 -- No Flowers During Lent
03/26 -- No Flowers During Lent
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March Sanctuary Lamp
Donors

03/05 -- Mike Hagaman -- in Thanksgiving
                              for Blessings
03/12 -- April Kellett -- in Memory of
                              John Kellett
03/19 -- Carolyn Keck -- in Memory of
                              Dennis Keck
03/26 -- Mike Hagaman -- in Thanksgiving
                              for Blessings

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March Sister Parish Support
03/05 -- Kay Ammon -- to Celebrate
                             Analisa's Birthday
03/12 -- Kay Ammon -- in Celebration of
                            Larry, Gene & Barb's Birthday
03/19 -- Pastor John -- in Memory of                             Archbishop Oscr Romero
03/26 -- Leslie Stobbe -- Remembering
                     Prisoners everywhere

Food and a Friend

March 25

6:00pm until we get done

Pear River Chinese Restaurant

Willow Glen

The Facilitator is Mary West

Watch for the SignUpGenius notice to let her know of your RSVP

March 2017 Calendar

March 01  
  • 10:00am - Meditation and Communion
  • 11:00am - Parament Changing and Sanctuary Decorating
  •  6:30pm -- Ash Wednesday Service

March 02

  • Pastor John Morning Off
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

March 03

  • Pastor John Early Morning & Late Afternoon Off
  • Office Closed

March 04

  • Personal Prayer Vigil to Pray for Members of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am -- Literatsi (at iJava)
  • 11:00am - Relating Staff and Structure Core Ministry Meeting

March 05

  • 1st Sunday in Lent
  • Benevolence/Ministry Offering for Desayuno de los  Pollos
  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Worship
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags

March 06

  • Pastor John Day Off 
  • 12:00pm - Announcements Due
  • 3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 07

  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting

March 08 

  • 10:00am - Meditation and Communion Service
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm) 
  •  6:30pm -- Pastor John's Dinner and Study (King Arthur)

March 09

  • Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  5:00pm -- Pastor John - Union Activity

March 10

  • Pastor John Early Morning Off
  • Office Closed
  • 5:00 -- Pastor John -- Yarbrough Wedding in Oakland

March 11

  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am -- Praying and Sharing Service
  • 11:00am - Activists.com SGM Meeting
  • 12:00pm - Food Pantry SGM Meeting
  •  2:00pm -- Food Pantry Distribution
  •  2:00pm -- The Closet Distribution
  •  3:00pm -- Pastor John -- Gonzalez Wedding in Vallejo

March 12

  • 2nd Sunday in Lent
  • Health Care/Hygiene Kit Offering
  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time 

March 13

  • Pastor John Day Off
  • 12:00pm - Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 14

  •  1:30pm -- Pastor John @ICEJ LWW Meeting
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting

March 15

  • Chrysalis Deadline (for April Issue) 
  • 10:00am - Meditation and Communion Service
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  4:00pm -- Pastor John -- Conversation Around the Table Preparation
  •  6:30pm -- Conversations Around the Table

March 16

  • Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 17

  • Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  • Office Closed

March 18

  • 10:00am - Evangelism SMG Meeting
  • 11:00am - Relating Garnish TF Meeting
  • 12:00pm - Relating Decorating TF Meeting
  •  3:00pm -- Spaghetti Dinner Ministry

March 19

  • 3rd Sunday in Lent
  • Food Pantry Offering
  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags

March 20

  • Pastor John Day Off
  • 12:00pm - Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm -- Office open (until 6:00pm)

March 21

  •  9:00am -- Pastor John -- Book Study in Woodland
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 22 

  • 10:00am - Meditation and Communion Service
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting

March 23

  • Pastor John Morning Off
  •  2:00pm -- Pastor John -- Robinson Wedding in Big Sur
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 24

  • Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  • Office Closed
  • Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East

March 25

  •  1:00pm -- Check/Clean Parish Hall Gutters
  •  2:00pm -- Food Pantry Distribution
  •  6:00pm -- Food and a Friend Outing
  •  6:00pm -- Pastor John -- Garcia Wedding in Gilroy 

March 26

  • 4th Sunday in Lent
  • The Closet Offering
  • Pastor Afternoon Off
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Kits for The Closet

March 27

  • Pastor John Planning Day 
  • 12:00pm - Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 28

  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting 

March 29

  • 10:00am -- Meditation and Communion Service
  •   3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)

March 30

  • Pastor John Morning  and Early Afternoon Off 
  • 12:00pm - Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  6:30pm -- BLT Meeting (Tentative Rescheduling)

March 31

  • Pastor Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  • Office Closed

We are dazzled
                by the way you continually reach out to us in fidelity,
                and then reach out to us again.
You reach out to us in transformative love,
                inviting us to a new  life.
You reach out to us with sovereign commands,
                summoning us to obedience
                out beyond ourselves.
You reach out to us and bind us to yourself.

And we,
                transformed by your love
                and summoned to a new life of obedience,
                move in and out with you.

We trust and then betray;
                 we praise you and then resist;
                 we thank you and then deny.
And you reach out!

Enwrap us in the dazzling reality
                 that you make all things new.
                even for us.

                                                                                                       Walter Brueggemasnn, Cincinnati, 2011

                [reproduced from Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture]

  HRLC Staff

Revd. John L. Freesemann, Pastor
Rev. Pascal Mugambage, Sister Parish Pastor
Iris Amerson, Administrative Assistant
Position Vacant, Music Director

Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church | (408) 296-4040 | (408 (296-4044 | HRLC95126@aol.com HRLCSJ.org
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